How I demoed my existing flooring and installed a new
bamboo hardwood floor: Part Two
In case you missed part one, you can check it out here! Installing Hardwoods Floors Part One
I have been spending the past few weeks demoing our new house and ripping out the existing flooring. All I can say is thank goodness that particle board is gone. That part of the demo tested me in ways I never imagined. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into that process, literally.
So after all the particle board was out, it was time to lay the new subfloor. We used 1/2 inch plywood throughout the house and it looked like this:
Before laying the hardwoods, we did put this moisture barrier down on top of the plywood.
Now for the fun part! Laying the new hardwoods!
I looked at a lot of different flooring and compared a few options. We ultimately decided on a bamboo floor from Lumber Liquidators. You can check out the one we got here: http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/c/Antique-Strand-Distressed-Bamboo-Morning-Star-XD-PRHSBAMSTA/10039147
Two large dogs, an almost three year old, and a husband, the floors needed to be durable and easy to clean. The hardwood floors in our last home had a shiny finish and I wanted to avoid that because it showed every little scratch. These floors have a more matte finish.
There are three ways you can install bamboo flooring. You can nail, glue, or have a floating floor. Some floors can be nailed and glued, some are just floating, so pay close attention to how each individual flooring can be installed. I found one floor that I liked, but it was only floating and we were pretty set on doing a nail down floor. There are pros and cons to each type, so just do your research to see what type works best for you.
The hardest, and most important part is just starting.
We began by standing at one end of the house and finding the longest point that the floors were going to run. Then, made a chalk line so we knew where to lay the boards. If you do not start with a straight line, the rest of your floors will not look straight. We spent a long time on this step because once we nailed this row down and started on the other rows, there was no turning back.
Once this was done, it was smooth sailing laying board after board. The second hardest part was all the cutting. Cutting around the doors, air vents, etc.
Me after a full day of laying floors.
It was about midnight, electrical hanging from the ceiling, sheetrock missing, trim torn out, but I didn’t care one bit. The floors were done!
When all was said and done, the floors took about a week to do. This was my entire house, minus the bathrooms, and we ran into a couple problems along the way we had to deal with as well.
I love how they turned out! They are dog approved and I have found very easy to clean. My 85 pound dog runs across them all day and it does not leave a mark. I would be careful moving furniture on them though, as I have had a couple scratches from that, but some Old English dark stain hardwood cleaner covers the scratches up very well.
Overall, I am super happy with the decision to go with these bamboo floors. They are about half the cost of hardwoods and environmentally friendly! They are very durable and have so many options to choose from. You can get a harder and thicker bamboo for a little more money, but these are working out great for us.
Now that the floors are done, we have a solid foundation and can continue working on other parts of the house! Cant wait to share more progress soon!